October 23, 2009 Subject:
34 years later...
There have been many, many changes in the Nassau County Police Dept since this film was created in 1975, with the exception of EVOC and the uniforms. Nice stroll down memory lane...
May 31, 2005 Subject:
Another PD film on Prelinger
The intro music is strange, it begins as something I can't describe, then goes to almost news intro sound (Notice the confused traffic signal), and then ... I'm so delinquent in musical terminology.
Nice looking computer though!
HaH! That is an OLD chemistry lab! Glass bottles! And that maybe centrifuge setup is pretty old too.
What is that guy hauling out of the station wagon?
Nice 911 call center/dispatcher!
The titlecard in a completely different style.
The Nassau county executive, and the air bureau! This is going to be interesting!
The lectern-on-the-stairs is common, but just looks strange here.
I'm not sure that music is completely approprate right after that speech, but it's not extremely noticable (To me).
Nice sound effects (putput)! The early history is interesting, especially the advice against speed traps!
What's with the 4 old telephones and mass of wires?
Nice old radio (I admit, I'm a junkie for that sort of thing)
The 911 center, notice the phone just sitting there? And that "computer" looks like the top part to a combined mini washer-dryer!
When Car 344 is sauntering around, what is it the camera's behind?
WoW, that is a nice "status board" setup!
It's an ambulance that's not in a stationwagon but... an econoline (That may have been standard)!
When Lindbergh is taking off, notice the dude on what looks like a 3 wheeled motorized platform!
The Police Department... does icebreaking
The Bomb Squad... is a branch of policing that doesn't seem to be that commonly thought of. It's definatly interesting to see a guy in a suit with no protection carrying a black square into a disposal truck. This particular bomb goes off with a HUGE flash too.
I wont say anything about the Computer Operations.
Why does he have a picture of a helicopter over his desk?
OK I didn't get to see the last few seconds because the sound died on the MPEG4.
PS. Compare this to, say "Your Police", or "This is your Police Department"
May 31, 2005 Subject:
Shaft is the man
This film, made in 1975 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the police department in Nassau County, NY, is a heck of a lot of fun to watch as we see up to the minute (for it's time) explanations of what makes the police department work, and as well going into the archives to view the police department as it was starting out in 1925. There's a nice section in there about Charles Lindbergh, the reason it's there of course, is that Lindbergh started from Nassau, and "The last two people that he talked to before he left were his mechanic and a policeman". But mostly, it focuses on the present, from 911 calls, to the modern cars with huge lights on the roof to it's state of the art computer system that can respond to a queery in 90 seconds! Golly! Highly entertaining and highly reccomended!